International Holiday Dinners: Traditional German Christmas Dinner

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The tradition of the Christmas tree belongs to the Germans who, in 1605, first brought the evergreen inside the house to show hope for the up coming spring.

In early December, German children place their shoes outside the front door hoping Santa soon visit.  He visits Germany Dec 5th or 6th.  Although gifts are not opened until Christmas eve.  If they have been good, Santa will fill their shoes with treats, if not, he fills them with twigs.

Frohe Weihnachten!

The Menu:

Roast Goose

Suckling Pig


German Potato Dumplings

German Red Cabbage Sauté

Brussel Sprouts in Beer

Caramel Turnips

Macaroni Salad

Rice Porrige


A variety of German Breads

A variety of German cookies and Pastries

Hot Mulled Wine

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Recipe sources:

New Year’s Pretzel Bread

If you are to make one German food during the holidays, try the New Year’s Pretzel Bread that is said to bring good luck.

New Year’s Pretzel-Grosse Neujahrs-Breze

Weihnachtsgans (Roast Goose)

Suckling Pig Weisswurst–

Macaroni salad–

Rice Porridge–


Lebkuchen-spice bars —

Christstollen –7 diff recipes,

German Stollen — or

Dresden Stollen

Black Forest Stollen– or

Papparkakor (spicy ginger and black-pepper delights)

Pfeffernüsse (cookies)-

Springerle (cookies) These beautiful cookies are made by the Pennsylvanin Amish. You can purchase the molds or the cookies at


Zimtsterne – Cinnamon Star Cookies

German Bread Recipes

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